June 30, 2016

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Wadsworth man gets six years in prison for burglaries

MEDINA — A 24-year-old Wadsworth drug addict whose mother turned him in to police will spend six years in prison after pleading guilty to a series of burglaries near an elementary school.

Brandon T. Ball, of 210 Knollwood Drive, was convicted of seven counts of burglary, second-degree felonies, and a count of breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony. He faced eight or more years in prison.

Brandon T. Ball, right, listens to Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier sentence him to six years in prison for a series of burglaries in the Valley View Elementary School neighborhood in Wadsworth. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

He was arrested in August, accused of breaking into several homes in the Valley View Elementary School neighborhood in Wadsworth.

In court Monday, Ball told Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier through tears that he had a serious drug addiction and wanted to overcome it.

Ball’s attorney, Russell Buzzelli, said his client’s mother alerted police for fear drugs would kill her son.

“This is every parent’s nightmare,” Buzzelli said. “She called police because she believed it was the only way to save her son’s life.”

Ball admitted to the judge that he was an addict.

“Drugs destroyed my life,” Ball told the judge.

Collier said Ball stole hundreds of dollars in cash, gift cards, a GPS unit from a car, an air compressor, a cell phone, a credit card and several power tools from a half-dozen houses. He also damaged a door.

In some cases, the judge said children were home when Ball broke in.

In every case, Collier said victims stated that their families were fearful and psychologically harmed by the break-ins.

Ball has a long criminal history, which the judge read in court.

His charges date back to when he was a juvenile and include heroin possession, possessing drug abuse instruments, driving under the influence and under suspension, theft, burglary, criminal damaging, criminal endangering, obstructing justice, domestic violence, failure to appear for court dates, providing alcohol to juveniles, disorderly conduct and receiving stolen property.

Ball had been placed in halfway houses and other drug treatment facilities several times.

Ball said he was sorry for what he did.

“I’d like to apologize to my family for the stress I put them through and to my victims,” he told the judge. “I never meant to harm anyone.”

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.